2 very different experiences.
Customer times with room for improvement.
In terms of the customer teams, Andrew Haryanto achieved third place on the starting grid for Dempsey-Proton Racing in the GTE Am class. Project 1 and the second Dempsey-Proton car failed to achieve any lap times following – separate – crashes.
Despite finishing in 8th place in the qualifying session, the GR Racing squad was unable to start the race. On the way to the pre-start, Britain’s Michael Wainwright damaged the vehicle in an accident. Fortunately, nobody was injured.
In the race itself, our customer teams also suffered a series of setbacks in the 6h of Spa. Dempsey-Proton Racing's car with start number 88 was on track for a podium finish for long periods of the race. Only to receive a drive-through penalty five minutes from the end. The result: fifth place. Its sister car with start number 77 withdrew half an hour before the finish, due to an electronic fault. Project 1 didn't even start.
Eau yeah – Eau no!
Their sister car, the #91, was unlucky. Or, as Richard Lietz succinctly said: it didn't go well. The 911 RSR driven by him and his Italian teammate, Gianmaria Bruni, became stuck in the melée at the start. Followed by tyre failure. And as if that wasn't enough, there was an involuntary – and unintentional – encounter with a Hypercar that destroyed the rear of the RSR. After swapping vehicles, they could only finish fifth. With the motivation to compete again next time – we're looking forward to seeing them again on 13 June in Portimao!